High patient satisfaction after secondary rhinoplasty in cleft lip patients

Greet Hens, Valerie A. Picavet, Vincent Vander Poorten, Joseph Schoenaers, Mark Jorissen, Peter W. Hellings

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We surveyed the subjective outcome of secondary rhinoplasty in cleft lip patients. Questionnaires were sent to 38 patients who had undergone a secondary rhinoplasty. A total of 30 questionnaires were returned and analyzed. Patients were asked to score their preoperative and postoperative nasal function and form. The validated Rhinoplasty Outcome Evaluation (ROE) questionnaire was supplemented with questions on the subjective burden of the procedure and general satisfaction. In parallel, the objective aesthetic outcome was judged by 2 surgeons using preoperative and postoperative photographs. There was a significant subjective improvement in ROE scores (from 39.3 ± 3.1 to 73.1 ± 2.0, p <0.001), and in specific scores for nasal aesthetical appearance (from 3.6 ± 0.3 to 7.9 ± 0.2, p <0.0001) and breathing capacity (from 4.9 ± 0.4 to 6.8 ± 0.3, p <0.01). Subjective improvement in nasal aesthetics was generally evaluated to be better than improvement in nasal breathing. In retrospect, all patients would undergo the procedure again. Patient satisfaction did not correlate with the surgeon's appreciation of the aesthetic outcome of the rhinoplasty. Patient satisfaction after secondary rhinoplasty in cleft lip patients is high and comparable to that of non-cleft lip rhinoplasty patients
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-172
JournalInternational forum of allergy & rhinology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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